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    86 K75C fuel pump problem?

    Ok, Houston... we have a problem (although, technically, I'm in Portland).

    I took the K75 out for day ride around Mt. Hood a couple of days ago, everything was great (pic attached). As I was pulling into the neighborhood, the bike started sputtering and died. It restarted, but kept sputtering the remaining 1/4 mile. Today, it started fine, and I rode about 2 blocks before it died again. It would restart, but then died as I would engage the clutch. It was acting like it was starving for fuel. Once I got it back home (pushed it... oof!), I turned the key to the on/start position and noticed that I didn't hear the fuel pump hum like I usually do.

    Perusing the net, I found forum threads referring to a connector under the tank that could be the culprit, and a fuse... I thought I'd check these before attempting to pull the pump. Does this sound right? Anything else I should consider?

    I should mention that the bike sits for much of the year- I ride it during the second half of the summer when I'm up this way. I store it with Stabile in the tank. It's been a solid runner for the two or three years I've had it. Replaced the brake lines with Speigler lines I bought from Ted Porter a few weeks ago (not relevant to the fueling issue I don't think, but the brakes function better).
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    Jim,

    The pump will NOT run by simply turning the key on.

    There are only two scenerios in which the pump will run with the key on.

    One is the rpm is above the minimum rpm (offhand I don't remember what that is, but it is several hundred rpm) which makes the computer think the engine is running.

    Two is when the start button is pressed and for a second or two after. This is what allows the pump to run until the engine starts and then get up to the minimum rpm.


    If the pump runs, check the fuel filter.


    Get back to us with what you find.



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    Quote Originally Posted by 98lee View Post
    Jim,

    The pump will NOT run by simply turning the key on.

    There are only two scenerios in which the pump will run with the key on.

    One is the rpm is above the minimum rpm (offhand I don't remember what that is, but it is several hundred rpm) which makes the computer think the engine is running.

    Two is when the start button is pressed and for a second or two after. This is what allows the pump to run until the engine starts and then get up to the minimum rpm.


    If the pump runs, check the fuel filter.


    Get back to us with what you find.



    Hi Lee,
    OK, thank you for this- I will check and let you know what I find.
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    Lee,
    OK, I did like you suggested and pressed the starter button and released. I could hear the fuel pump hum (briefly), so that's good I think. Is there an easy way to check the fuel filter? Looking at my giant Clymer manual, it looks like I have to siphon the fuel and remove it through the filler cap opening. Good grief..
    Jim (MOA 83200)
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    Jim,

    Unless you have a real phobia about touching gasoline, you don't have to drain the tank.


    Open gas cap.

    Remove four screws that retain gas cap assembly.

    Remove gas cap assembly.

    Put several layers of towels around opening to protect paint on tank from fuel dribbles.

    Note where filter is and routing of hoses so you can get it back in in roughly the same area. A photo helps if you have to wait for a new filter.

    Take long screwdriver and loosen the hose clamp on the short hose connected to the fuel filter. (Loosen the clamp on the hose AWAY from the filter, not the one at the filter end.

    Pull hose off tube and lift filter out of tank, keeping it over the opening so the fuel dribbles back into the tank,

    Disconnect long hose from filter. Leave short hose connected and tight. Drop end of long hose back into tank.

    Drain filter from both ends either back into tank or into container on bench.

    Wash you hands and maybe put some of your wife's moisturizing lotion on them.

    Let filter dry out for a couple hours.

    LIGHTLY blow through the filter in the direction of the arrow.

    There should be virtually NO resistance. If you are unsure, remove the short hose and lightly blow through that. That is what a clean filter should be like. The amount of resistance is proportional to how trashed the filter is, but partially trashed is still trash.

    Short hose goes back on the end of the filter that the arrow is pointing toward.

    Don't forget to tighten all hose clamps when you reinstall.

    Wash your hands.




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    Ok, this is very helpful, Lee! I appreciate that- I'll do this tonight and let you know what I find. Thank you again for your help!
    Jim (MOA 83200)
    '78 R80/7 (Anastasia) and '84 R100RS (The Millennium Falcon), '86 K75C (Icy Hot)
    '90 and '93 Mazda Miatas (Jelly Bean and Red Hot), '97 Nissan XE PU (Mighty Mouse)
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    Lee,
    Ok, so I pulled the filter (easier than I thought, thanks to your help!) and let it dry in the sun. I blew through it and also the short connection tube for comparison, as you suggested. There is a pretty noticeable difference, indicating to me that I need to replace it.

    So now the question is, would you recommend I go to the local dealer and buy the BMW replacement filter ($40- they have it in stock), or do you use/trust an aftermarket version I might find at NAPA or O'Reilly's (which are closer to me). I did some poking around online and found this thread (among others), but it seems inconclusive, so I'd prefer to go with your recommendation.

    http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread....ke-fuel-filter
    Jim (MOA 83200)
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    '90 and '93 Mazda Miatas (Jelly Bean and Red Hot), '97 Nissan XE PU (Mighty Mouse)
    '96 Giant Upland (big Kendas, baby!)

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    Jim,

    Personally, I use OEM BMW filters on all the bikes that I work on. Dealer is only 6 miles away.

    I just haven't gotten around to properly researching other filters for micron rating, burst pressure, and fitting size.

    Other people have said they had good luck with other filters, and in some cases, it is just that, luck. Some of the filters mentioned have lower burst pressures or inadaquate micron ratings.

    I'm not saying that there isn't an appropriate replacement. I just haven't looked.



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    Jim,

    I wouldn't hesitate using this filter: http://www.beemerboneyard.com/16142325859.html

    And I believe they offer a 10% discount to MOA members.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 98lee View Post
    Jim,

    I wouldn't hesitate using this filter: http://www.beemerboneyard.com/16142325859.html

    And I believe they offer a 10% discount to MOA members.


    euromotoelectric.com sells mahle & Mann & delivers fast! Order a spare to carry on your bike as you never know when you'll get a bad batch of gas in your tank
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98lee View Post
    Jim,

    Personally, I use OEM BMW filters on all the bikes that I work on. Dealer is only 6 miles away.

    I just haven't gotten around to properly researching other filters for micron rating, burst pressure, and fitting size.

    Other people have said they had good luck with other filters, and in some cases, it is just that, luck. Some of the filters mentioned have lower burst pressures or inadaquate micron ratings.

    I'm not saying that there isn't an appropriate replacement. I just haven't looked.



    Ok, thanks Lee. I'll stop by the dealer tomorrow and pick one up. I'll let you know once I've got it installed if it solves my problem! I appreciate your advice and insight.
    Jim
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    '90 and '93 Mazda Miatas (Jelly Bean and Red Hot), '97 Nissan XE PU (Mighty Mouse)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 98lee View Post
    Jim,

    I wouldn't hesitate using this filter: http://www.beemerboneyard.com/16142325859.html

    And I believe they offer a 10% discount to MOA members.


    Quote Originally Posted by kentuvman View Post
    euromotoelectric.com sells mahle & Mann & delivers fast! Order a spare to carry on your bike as you never know when you'll get a bad batch of gas in your tank
    Ok, thank you both! I'll bear that in mind for the future, but I'm only here for a few more days (school starts next week, and apparently they expect me to be there... ) and want to see if I can get it buttoned up before I head back to Texas.
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    Well... I replaced the filter, buttoned it all up, but no joy. Same symptoms: starts and runs initially (choke on, then off after a minute or two), then will stutter and die (especially if given a little throttle). Hard to restart, and the dies almost immediately. Increasingly hard to restart until it won't restart at all (unless I let it sit for awhile, but then it's the same pattern all over).

    It really strikes me as a fuel-related issue (not electrical). I took a short video (sorry for the quality... trying to focus on the tach, but I'm not good at multi-tasking... lucky I didn't fall over trying to do two things at once): https://youtu.be/-6SNOkP_E94.

    I'm not sure what to look for from here.
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    Jim (MOA 83200)
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    '90 and '93 Mazda Miatas (Jelly Bean and Red Hot), '97 Nissan XE PU (Mighty Mouse)
    '96 Giant Upland (big Kendas, baby!)

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    Lee,
    I didn't get the moisturizing cream in the divorce, so I thought you might appreciate my hand-protective solution (pic). I washed my hands anyway...
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    '90 and '93 Mazda Miatas (Jelly Bean and Red Hot), '97 Nissan XE PU (Mighty Mouse)
    '96 Giant Upland (big Kendas, baby!)

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    Jim,

    Insure that the two vacuum caps on #1 & #2 cylinders are not cracked.
    Insure that the crankcase vent hose is not cracked.

    Get the bike idleing, then wiggle the tank to frame electrical connector to see if that causes it to stall or miss.

    Get the bike idleing, then wiggle the ignition key to see if that causes it to stall or miss.

    Get the bike idleing , then wiggle the kill switch to see if that causes it to stall or miss.

    Take a voltage reading between the opening in the back of the top fuse and the bolt on the side of the transmission where the ground wire connects by the shift lever with key and kill switch on engine not running.



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